We have a rental house that we have been renting for about 14 years now. Never had a problem. Until now.
We have a lady living in there now who has not paid her rent since June. She also will not move out. We posted all the notifications like we are supposed to. We sent her a registered letter, and she refused to sign for it. She claims she has renter rights.
(renter rights to do what? basically squat on our property?)
Anyway, to get her OUT we have to pay $250 for a filing fee with the court. Then there is a court date set up 3 or 4 weeks once that is filed. If she doesn’t show up to the court date, then I believe the Sheriff will put locks on the doors or something — I don’t know. But that seriously could take a couple months.
It’s crazy. People can just live in your house and not move out when you say to. She has a month-to-month lease. She’s behind 3 months rent. GET OUT!
We are not receiving rent for our property from the person who lives there.
We cannot rent it to anyone else… because she won’t leave!
We have someone living there for free.
We want her out. But there’s a process.
I just want to go into the house while she’s away and move her stuff OUT of my house.
But nope — the renters have rights, and although it’s MY house, I cannot do that. We, the owners of said property, apparently do not have rights. We have to let a person live in our house even though we want her OUT.
Oh, and the place is a mess. She’s one of those “hoarders” and there’s trash and boxes everywhere. She hasn’t any furniture but a mattress on the floor in one room and a tv that sits up on a box. Oh, and one small table with one chair. But that’s it. And it smells awful in there.
She’s lived there since March. Not that long. I think some people do this over and over and over, moving from place to place, living for free…until the authorities remove them. When we went to the authorities to ask what we have to do to get her out, they told us that this type of thing is going on a lot lately. In fact, we have a friend who owns an apartment complex with 30 units, and he told us that he has 9 units right now that he is trying to evict for non-payment of rent.
Ugh. What a headache!